Column gripper

You can use the column gripper context menu to quickly sort or show/hide fields or insert a new field. Let's look at the various options in detail.

i) Sort

You can use the Sort option to sort your data in ascending/descending order or apply an absolute sort. For hierarchical datasets, sorting is applied to the child rows for each level of the hierarchy.

In the example, the Jan > Profit measure has been sorted in ascending order.

ii) Insert

The Insert option can be used for the following operations:

  • Copy as data input - Create a new data input field. The values will be copied from the selected measure.

  • New data input - Create a new empty data input field

  • Insert formula - Create a new field using a built-in formula

Learn more about data input and formula measures.

iii) Pin column

The pin column option allows you to tag important columns right at the beginning of your report - saving you the effort required to scroll back and forth.

In the example, the Dec>Profits and Apr>Sales have been pinned to the beginning of the report.

You can also choose to unpin a particular field or unpin all fields.

iv) Stick Measure to Last

In some cases, using field measures can cause an automatic re-ordering of columns in the report. You may want a particular field, for instance, a field with an embedded chart, to always retain its position at the end of the report. You can use the Stick Measures to Last option to assign one designated measure to the last position. The last position will be retained even if new fields are added to the visual.

v) Hide Column

You can use the Hide Column option to mask a particular column in your report. In the animation below, notice how the Profit measure has been hidden in the report.

You can use the Show All Columns option to display hidden columns again.

vii) Aggregation

Using this option, you can directly set the aggregation method used to calculate the totals and subtotals for a particular column. Learn more about managing aggregation.

viii) Select Measure

You may need to perform operations such as applying uniform formatting for a measure. Rather than selecting each measure and applying formatting, you can use this option to select a particular measure across the entire report and apply formatting in a single shot. In the animation below, notice how the Discount measure has been selected for all months.

ix) Number formatting

You can use this option to directly set a custom scaling factor for a particular measure.

x) Show (-ve) Sign

Enable this option to enclose negative values in parentheses. In the report below, negative profits are displayed inside round brackets as the Show (-ve) Sign option is enabled.

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